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Detroit treatment plants released 4.5B gallons of sewage into rivers
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:29

By Jim Lynch – The Detroit News – August 22, 2014

Metro Detroit treatment plants released about 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into local streams and rivers as a result of last week’s massive rainstorm, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Environmental Quality. Of the nearly 9.8 billion gallons of sewage released on Aug. 11, about 46 percent of it was raw sewage, sewage diluted by excess storm water or partially treated sewage, DEQ official Laura Verona said Friday. For full story, click here.

CA: CA allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:27

By Matt Weiser – The Sacramento Bee – August 19, 2014

The state of California has handed out five times more water rights than nature can deliver, a new study by University of California researchers shows. California’s total freshwater runoff in an average year is about 70 million acre-feet, according to the study. But the state has handed out junior water rights totaling 370 million acre-feet. One acre-foot is enough to meet the needs of two average households for a year. For full story, click here.

DE: Wetlands created in Greenwood for flood reduction
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:24

Delaware Online – By Molly Murray – August 25, 2014 – Video

Cart Branch meanders through Greenwood – a lazy trickle of water on a dry summer afternoon – on its path to the Nanticoke River, and then Chesapeake Bay. But in heavy rain, thunderstorms and hurricanes, the branch quickly fills with water drained from the streets and parking lots of the small Sussex County town and then flooding can occur. Earlier this summer state and local officials worked together to create two wetland swales designed to reduce flooding and improve water quality going to Chesapeake Bay. For full story and to view video, click here.

CO: Volunteers help plant seeds for the Roaring Fork’s future
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:20

By Collin Szewczyk – Aspen Daily News – August 25, 2014

Lingering rain showers couldn’t dampen the spirits of about three dozen city workers and volunteers who turned out to plant native vegetation for the wetlands project in Rio Grande Park on Saturday morning. Aspen Parks and Recreation Department staff joined forces with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) and the Roaring Fork Conservancy to place plants, trees and riparian shrubs in the ground for the final manmade wetland in this multi-phase project, which is adjacent to the John Denver Sanctuary. For full story, click here.

Voice of the Wetlands Festival to showcase Louisiana acts
Monday, 25 August 2014 17:18

By Kate Mabry – Houma Today – August 22, 2014

The 11th annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival in October will exclusively feature Louisiana talent. “This year’s theme is all about native Louisiana sounds — zydeco, Cajun, Creole, jazz. All those genres come together and will play on two stages,” festival volunteer Jill Kettles said. Voice of the Wetlands organizers “wanted to celebrate the Louisiana culture, native sounds and the artists who came from them and bring them all together.” The free festival is expected to draw thousands of people from Oct. 10-12 to Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma, to enjoy local musicians such as festival founder Tab Benoit, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Kettles said. There also will be food and artwork. For more information on the Festival, click here.

Keystone Could Add 400% More CO2 Than State Dept Estimated
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

By John H. Cushman, Jr. – Inside Climate News – August 11, 2014

Building the Keystone XL pipeline to bring Canadian tar sands oil to refineries in the United States could add more than 100 million additional metric tons of carbon dioxide to world emissions—four times more than the maximum estimated in the State Department's study of the project's environmental impact, according to a new study. For full story, click here.

Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

By Maya Srikrishnan – Los Angeles Times – August 17, 2014

Montana farmer Rocky Norby has worked the land along the Missouri River for more than 20 years, coaxing sugar beets and malted barley out of the arid ground. "Every year it gets worse," he said. "There's not enough water to get through our pumps." Last month, he said, he spent more than $10,000 trying to remove the sand from his clogged irrigation system. The Missouri River's stream flow has changed significantly over the last 50 years, leading to serious water shortages in Montana and Wyoming and flooding in the Dakotas, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released last month. For full story, click here.

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